Paradise Poems by Sylvia Yoon Kim

1.

Let’s wave our fingers

Between the sunlight

 

Up down

Up down

 

Breathe

The life we’ve made together

 

Feel your face wiped clean

With breezes and dew

Travelling far across oceans

Just for you

 

Lay in the meadow

The bed of flowers

That fell from heaven

Each time I saw you

 

The doe stops and turns to you

The bird perches its light heart

On your hands that weave through

 

Up down

Up down

 

The peace singing

Through veins of my immortal being

 

Paradise must be on this earth

For each time I looked to you

Each time I saw you

 

Up Up Up

 

I saw heaven’s paradise

 

2.

Somewhere

Somewhere

 

In the vastness of

Earth and life and heavens and hell

 

There is a quiet

 

Not the one that deafens screams

But the one that soothes the soul

Like milk

 

Above the ash

And the fog

 

There is a pure

White

Mist

 

Unknown

Untouched

By those who suffered life

Too swiftly

 

Scent unfamiliar

To those who only had

Pebbles thrown their way

 

But to those

Who felt

What it was like to

Bleed internally

 

The white quiet stillness

Soothes the blood

Into honey and gold

 

We can hear it

Once we’ve stepped

Our iron boots

 

Above the thorns

And jagged piercing

Rock piles

 

We can see it

We can feel it

 

The quiet tranquil stillness

 

And in those moments

We understand

 

And we clothe our souls with

Unimaginable riches

 

If only for a moment

 

For the peace only comes

Within the blinks and lapses of

The mind

 

When it finally finds sleep

 

If only for a moment

The rare and few flashes

 

It is still

 

Enough

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